Dutch city cuts ties with Polish twin town for producing ‘gay-free zone

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    Nieuwegein alderman Marieke Schouten replaces Pulawy's name with a rainbow flag (Picture: Municipality of Nieuwegein)

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    Nieuwegein alderman Marieke Schouten changes Puławy’s name with a rainbow flag (Picture: Municipality of Nieuwegein)

    A Dutch city has actually cut ties with its twinned town in Poland for an ‘LGBT-free zone’ in its town.

    Nieuwegein’s councillors voted 26-1 to ‘unfriend’ Puławy after 21 years of main twinning.

    Puławy signed up with an approximated 30 percent of regional authorities in the nation to have actually passed resolutions versus ‘LGBT and gender ideology’.

    While they are extensively viewed as unenforceable and have actually been stated space by some local courts, activists state they indicate a targeted effort to make LGBT locals feel undesirable.

    Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, was re-elected recently after assuring to ‘defend children from LGBT ideology’ and oppose gay marital relationship or adoption by gay couples.

    He has actually formerly explained LGBT expressions as part of a ‘foreign ideology’, remarks which have actually been echoed by senior church figures and lots of authorities from the Law and Justice Party (PiS) he is related to.

    Nieuwegen’s alderman, Marieke Schouten, marked her council’s choice by sticking rainbow flags over the Polish town’s name on entry indications around the Dutch town.

    She informed Dutch broadcaster RTV Utrecht: ‘This is a declaration. Gay-totally free zones are refrained from doing. Everybody is welcome in our town.

    epaselect epa08542449 Incumbent President Andrzej Duda (C) with his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda (L) and daughter Kinga Duda (R) gives statement after initial exit polls in Polish Presidential elections in Pultusk, Poland, 12 July 2020. According to initiall exit polls, Polish President Andrzej Duda has won percent 50.4 percent of votes and Civic Coalition candidate and Mayor of Warsaw Rafal Trzaskowski has won 49.6 percent of votes in the second round of presidential elections in Poland. EPA/LESZEK SZYMANSKI POLAND OUT

    Poland’s anti-LGBT president Andrzej Duda was directly re-elected recently (Picture: EPA)

    ‘It doesn’t matter who you are, what colour skin you have, what you think in or what your sexual preference is.’

    Nieuwegen’s mayor supposedly revealed issues in a letter to Puławy in March however was overlooked.

    The president of the Polish city’s council informed another Dutch broadcaster, RTL Nederland: ‘Poland is Poland with its own identity, its own history and its own concepts.

    ‘This is why we believe that partner municipalities should not interfere with our resolutions.’

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